Ever wonder what it takes to establish a professional network of contacts that leads to promotional opportunities, foot traffic (if you’re a brick and mortar) & more SALES?!
In this very first edition of “The MindFire Chats” I’ll be interviewing three individuals who have built professional networks that allow them to do just that.
Our panelists are:
Kent Dean, Field Marketing Director of Rosa’s Cafe. He’ll be discussing & answering questions about community outreach and how being plugged into the local community has lead to more foot traffic into each one of the restaurant’s 35 locations.
Rich Thompson, a sales coach who very recently adapted his B2B/Corporate network to a B2C/small business network with great success. He’ll be answering questions about getting your B2B contacts to think outside the box & how that translates to more sales.
John Herman the founder of New Hampshire Media Makers, Ford Motor Company named him a “Top 100 Web Influencer”. John has leveraged his network to raise 10′s of thousands of dollars for charity, win huge competitions, speak on the TEDx stage and be featured on sites like GigaOm and BoingBoing (to name a few) He will be talking about the time it’s taken to establish that network, and the give/ask ratio that is required to maintain it.
I’m BEYOND excited for this chat, and if you can make it, I think it’s going to be insanely valuable.
If you’ve had questions about what it takes to establish a strong network, leave them in the comments. Network is at the foundation of all online success, so I hope this chat helps :-)
Key Takeaways from this Episode:
- Professional networking takes time in order to pay off.
- Always start your relationship by providing value and offering something that person couldn’t get anywhere else.
- Value usually comes in the form of an “experience.” When you focus on experience vs products and sales, you’re able to connect in ways that make you memorable.